So………..Who is Gig Guide Pete?
Well I’m you, a gig going person, just like you, a punter. In my day job I do a very full time job as an Engineer in the Graphic Arts Industry. I work in Digital Printing for Kodak as a Digital Printer Engineer..
When I get home, I do this, Melton Gig Guide website and also The Melton Times Gig Guide.
As a Musician, I have played in My Own Band RiffTrade and in the last few years 20 gigs up and down Englandshire in ‘Planet Abba’ (about 10 years ago). Planet Abba incidentally was the first ever band to play The Cutting Room (for my 40th Birthday). I have also played Guitar in the house Band backstage in the Theatre for Christchurch Theatre Club at Loughborough Town Hall Theatre for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Summer Holiday” and “Fame as well as playing Guitar in “Fame” at Melton Theatre. My most interesting challenge to date was Playing Dave, singing and acting in TMMTC’s recent production of “The Full Monty”. Yes! we did Do the Full Monty.
Why do you do the Gig Guide?
As above, I’m a punter like you, I love live music, and most of all I love choice! There are at least three if not more venues with live music in town, so, Can I ask you? To have a look at all the others, It makes for a great night when you do! remember use it or loose it. The Pubs pay for the Bands to play, if they don’t make enough money to pay for this then Live Music will stop. Simples!
How did the Gig Guide Start?
Way back in 2012, I used to buy the Melton Times to look at the Gig List (or take a sneaky look at the The Melton Times in WH-Smiths) because before I started, that’s what it was! Just a list and times of band names. I suggested the Idea to the Melton Times around late Feb 2012 of doing a gig guide. I was asked to write a test piece by Michael Cooke (the current Editor). The Gig Guide nearly ended right there, There was “No room at the Inn” at Grigglefish’s last Gig and only on my second attempt did I manage to get in.
At this point my only backer was Mick Rathbone from the Genny B, I finally persuaded Janet from the Noels to trust me with her upcoming artists lists and the Gig Guide was on its way.
The Melton Times liked the Idea and advertised for ‘Bands on the Circuit’ for “Local bands on the circuit to send in pictures and details of upcoming Gigs” The silence was deafening! (Most bands who play in Melton do not live in Melton)
Wind onto August 2012 when I started collating the information and sending it into The Melton Times and the Gig Guide as we know it began. Because the folks writing and publishing the Melton Gig Guide had no knowledge of The Bands or The Venues, it was fraught with mistakes! I begged them to let me write the Gig Guide and from September 13th 2012 onwards I provided the Content in edited form (Still with final edit in the hands of The Copy Editor of the Melton Times). This Year in Aug 2018 will be my 6th Year of The Melton Times Gig Guide, and is the longest running Column in the paper from a single contributor (Source Michael Cooke Editor)
Melton Gig Guide Website:
The Last major change was the introduction of new Templates in October 2013 by Johnston Press publishers of The Melton Times. The Gig Guide was running at some 600 words wordage and would often have 2 pictures and a preamble by myself previously. With the introduction of templates, The Gig Guide was cut to about 300 words no Photos. This is because most towns don’t have this, it doesn’t fall into the norm. It was now when the Disastrous “XMA Game of two Halves” indecent happened. A really excellent write-up about changing the old drummer to a new drummer Write up was was cut to “XMA will be performing at The Noels Arms” from the much better: “Its definitely a game of two halves this Saturday night as Punk Rockers ‘XMA’ play the Noels Arms. The first set features former members Brian and James ,while the second will see youngest member Joe take to the drum-stool for his first full set .One thing guaranteed not to change will be the top quality Punk Rock delivered straight from the heart.” Much better isnt it? You can imagine that there was not unreasonably, a bit of a palarva. See for yourself below the drop in “Wordage in the Photo Below.
This is when I created The Melton Gig Guide Website www.meltongigguide.co.uk on the 2nd November 2013.
The last major change was when my website broke in August 2016 and I had to move from the current provider 123 Reg. Its a shame as with 39,110 hits under its belt, it just couldn’t be edited. So I temporarily Hijacked my old bands Website www.rifftrade.co.uk and had a further 713 hits there whilst we got all this sorted out.
I had to move. Thanks to the fantastic help from Dave The Rock Band, and Cocked and Loaded Singer Matt Chubb , he hosts Melton Gig Guide on his own Servers at Matt Chubb Hosting..
Now in 5 years Melton Gig Guide has had nearly 90,000 in total, and with over 2000 Views each and every month.
Thank you for being part of this journey 🙂 x
Remember If You Cant Find It #GigGuideIt a phrase used by two generations at The Broclehursts when they want to know whats on at the Weekend. Thank you Hayley x
Also that we are #MeltonMowbrayRuralHeartofMusic retasked from “Melton Mowbray Rural Capital of Food” we felt “Capital too fierce and either Steve Philpotts or Gary Cross softened it to “Heart” Thanks Guys x
So Whats involved?
The Melton times Gig Guide and my website www.meltongigguide.co.uk takes around 10 hours of my time each and every week. Incidentally. The Melton Gig Guide has been delivered from months long training courses in Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Germany with work and at RCF The PA Company in Italy, as well as from frequent walking holidays.
The whole venture is done on a week by week basis.
- I contact all the venues to ascertain whats on
- contact all the artists concerned to get bios and photos and banter
- List all of the known acts on Melton Gig Guide Facebook Group Monday or earlier. and all I ask that all the acts and venues to check their own listing for accuracy, times, spelling or even correct act, whilst its easy to put it right.
- collate all of this information in to Melton Gig Guide “Long” version, this is the Source for material on these web pages
- Surmise the long version down to 50 words/per band, whilst still trying to preserve the bands meaning and banter. This is for the Melton Times Guide “short” version. This is emailed to The Melton Times just before I go to work Tuesday Morning. Deadline to make the “Long” Version is Midnight Monday!
- I provide a Gig List for 103 the Eye (to Norman Grundy)
- The Melton Gig Guide site is updated Weekly from Wednesday onwards, earlier if there is a ticketed event to help sell tickets.
- Were photos are tagged with a photographers mark, copyright is obtained, prior to republishing here.
- Melton Theatre’s listings are checked and if possible they are included within the guide too
- I help promote attendance of live music, comedy by Facebook live streaming the events to my own Facebook Profile
- Pay £250 a year in domain fees and costs from my own pocket.
Is it Free?
Yes The Melton Gig Guide is free to advertise your music related event, wether you be a Band, a Pub, a play, a Theatre or any other type of venue.
The Gig Guide does incur costs which are currently paid by myself Pete Wilkinson.
We Have two Websites www.meltongigguide.co.uk and www.meltongigguide.uk they are hosted by two separate companies because “Denial of Service” attacks are very real. Our .UK website has been used 3 times since its inception and worked seamlessly without any noticeable drop in audience and without the users being aware that we had switched them. .CO.UK is hosted for free by Musician Matt Chubb, going forward I would like to pay him. .UK is hosted by GoDaddy.
When Melton Gig Guide Started it was on a free single page website on 123reg.co.uk but it broke! see how it looked here, www.rifftrade.co.uk hosted Melton Gig Guide for Three weeks when 123reg broke. When we migrated to WordPress thats when it started to cost money. We have tried advertising on our pages, and have applied for funding but no success to date sadly. In order to do this without resorting to using my work laptop I have had to buy a small laptop, something small enough to fit in my walking day bag, or my laptop bag if working away.
DOMAIN REGISTRATION FEES:
WEB HOSTING FEES:
£0 www.meltongigguide.co.uk (Thanks Matt)
£120 www.meltongigguide.uk per Year GoDaddy
Adobe Photoshop Plan £9.98 per Month (Most images need resizing, untagged photos often need other work like cropping, removal of logos or children and sometime people
Microsoft Word £106 one off payment
£89 Zoom IQ7 microphones x2 (I thought it was broke so bought another only to find it was an Iphone issue)
£15 Godox LED64 lights x2
£1049 Mac Book Pro (Small enough to go walking the Pennine way with)
From time to time when working away hotel WIFI although is advertised its often useless, so I have to use my mobile phone data. Also uploading Live Videos eats data, so events like the Amazing Melton Folk Festival usually mean I’ll use up my data
EE extra Data £7 as and when my data is exceeded
I would like to thank:
Kelly Spencer, for her years of service helping check this content, (You cant proof read your own work), Also for the use of her photos and Videos and for putting up with me typing all night and not and not watching Bake off 🙂
Arabella Coombes for Posting Events from around the Villages, and Live Steaming when I cannot.
Matt Chubb for stepping up and assisting my transition into a WordPress site, its much better than what I had previously. His own companies servers are hosting Melton Gig Guide.
Paul ‘Manny’ Manson for his continued support and for the the use of his excellent Rocktography
And I would like to thank the 2500 visitors a month for reading. please share The Melton Gig Guide spread the word keep Melton Rockin’